Securing the Future of Procurement – Webinar on February 4th

Last November, I spoke at a dinner (hosted by Zycus, the spend management software firm) in London. My topic was “Securing the future of procurement – making sure the next ten years are as successful as the last.”  As I said after that event, it provoked one of the best discussions I’ve been part of for some time amongst the senior procurement folk in attendance. Even though dinner was waiting for us, the debate raged on, and it was lively to say the least – I wish I had recorded it, to be honest, would have made some excellent blogs!

Anyway, as it seems to be a topic of some interest, we’re covering it again in a webinar that is open to everybody, on February 4th at 2:00 pm GMT and 3:00 pm CET. I’ll be talking about the same issue again, with a few different and new thoughts too, so even if you came to the dinner, I would hope it would be worth you tuning in this time as well.

My basic premise is that the success of the procurement profession / industry over the past 20 years has been largely driven by external factors, outside our control, rather than our own professional genius. What’s more important though is that those factors will not have the same effect in the next 20 years – they simply cannot, and some may even go into reverse. So procurement is not going to be simply taken along for an ever-upwards ride to success, as it were.

Indeed, we will need to do some things quite differently if we want that success to continue. Otherwise just as external factors supported procurement’s growth, they could start to work in the other direction.

You can register for the webinar 'Securing the Future of Procurement' here  – free of charge. As well as my 15 minutes or so presentation, there will be time for Q&As which I hope will throw up some challenging and interesting points, just as the dinner did. Hope you can make it.

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